Several Eastern neighbours join EU over need for nuclear ‘stress tests’


Nuclear safety should be an absolute policy priority for the EU and its neighbouring countries, underlined deputy energy ministers and senior nuclear energy officials from Armenia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, as well as Croatia, Switzerland and Turkey, following a meeting last week with EU Commissioner Oettinger.
In a joint Declaration in cooperation with the EU, they confirmed their commitment to implement voluntary comprehensive risk and safety assessments known as 'stress tests', taking into account the specifications agreed by the European Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) on 24 May 2011.
The need for a consistent approach towards nuclear safety by all countries making use of nuclear energy is reinforced by today's shared vision that highlights the potential cross-border nature of nuclear accidents,” the Declaration said.
Energy officials from the EU and its neighbouring countries agreed “to commit nuclear operators to self-assessments of their nuclear power plants,” to invite national regulatory bodies to present national reports, and to make use of a transparent peer-review system “enhancing credibility and accountability of the comprehensive risk and safety assessments.”
It was also agreed to engage on a multilateral level and with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) a discussion “for a strong and common safety standards as well as international peer review.” (ENPI Info Centre)
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